"The key to an accurate diagnosis comes from a thorough Medical History."
The above saying is preached in every medical school across the country because it is TRUE!
Our job, as medical professionals, is to give you the best treatment recommendations, based on the information at hand. It is very difficult to obtain that information without actively listening to the patient. When you visit our office, we take the time to understand your unique circumstance, as it is vital to assuring the best outcome.
Goals of a Proper Medical History
- Learn about the problem that brought you to our office
- Examine your past medical, family, and social history, to uncover potential contributing factors
- Identify allergies and current medications, to assure patient safety
- Understand the goals and concerns of each patient, to guide treatment recommendations
Dr. McSpadden enjoys using his ability and determination to work with patients, to understand and establish patient goals. This allows us to create a treatment plan that accounts for individual patient concerns, including the impact of treatment on activity level, work status, time requirements, and financial obligations.
In order to perform a thorough Physical Exam, we must understand that there is a human being attached to the foot or ankle we are examining. Patient feedback during examination is a valuable tool, and we make an effort to be gentle with areas that we already know are painful. Sometimes, the most important information can come from examining the areas surrounding the source of symptoms. Pain in the foot can sometimes be caused by issues in the lower leg, knee, hip, or spine.
A Detailed Podiatric Physical Examination Should Include Evaluation of:
- Bones, Joints, Tendons, and Ligaments of the Foot & Ankle
- Circulation to the Foot
- Sensation and Nerve Function of the Lower Leg
- Gait (The way you walk)